|Focusing your vision, achieving results|
-- Dr. Joyce Brothers
1. Play the Check-In game.
Call a friend/colleague and say, "I'm stuck/unproductive. Can I check in with you every hour for a couple of hours until I get cranking again?" This really works! And, your friend may want to play along too! Just share what you want to get done, specifically, between now and the next time you call in. Your friend would listen and accept what you're saying -- or ask you to increase/decrease the goal for the hour. In either case, keep the check in call to be less than 5 minutes.
2. Take a walk, go to the gym, go running, move your body.
Increasing your body's metabolism also loosens up your mind and spirit, resulting in a greater energy flow. It's that simple.
3. Take a nap.
Sometimes, your mind needs a break to work through an idea or block. Take a 1-3 hour nap and see if that helps.
4. Turn up the music.
I use music as a prompter, especially when I'm feeling draggy or alone. Rap, disco, instrumentals work for me. And when I'm really stuck, Frank Sinatra does the trick.
5. Eat/drink something that you will respond to emotionally or physically.
If I'm REALLY stuck, I'll have a couple of cups of coffee -- caffeine is a great unblocker for me.
6. Completely clean up your work space.
It's said that "stuff" around you that's not in its place, can be a drain of energy. When I get stuck, one of the first things I do is take 10 minutes and put things in piles or file stuff away or clear my immediate work area so that there's less stuff dragging me down.
7. Work on another task or project.
I don't know about you, but I'm not willing to push myself through a project that I'm just not in the mood to work on. So, I find a project/idea that I DO want to work on and my productivity picks right up!
8. Have a schedule/routine.
A routine provides momentum and momentum will keep you from getting stuck. So, schedule in an hour or three of dedicated work between appointments/calls/meetings.
9. Play the reward game.
This may not be spiritually healthy, but I'll give myself rewards when I finish a tough project. Like a vacation, a trip, a shirt, a massage, etc. Hey, whatever works!
10. Go on a trip.
I find that I'm especially creative when on a plane, train or bus. So, sometimes, I'll book a 3-10 hour trip, bring my laptop and be incredibly productive. And, financially, it's WORTH IT.
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A warm welcome to our new Coaching Tip of the Week subscribers who I met at Keefe Tech last night during my program "Empowering Yourself." I enjoyed sharing my tools for gaining control of your life and participating in the new openings, ideas and visions that people experienced.
May 2, 2005
Andrea will provide her 5-step program for gaining control of your life to the Greater Boston Chapter of the IAAP -- the world's leading organization promoting the education and recognition of the office professional. http://www.greaterbostoniaap.com
May 5, 2005
For the end-of-the-year send-off, Downtown Women's Club - Boston is hosting a series of roundtables staffed by coaches and experts. Everyone will get to visit 3 tables for 20 minutes each. There'll also be a raffle of various items, services and products during the changeovers between tables! There will be light appetizers and a cash bar. Come join in for fun, learning and networking on May 5th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Long Wharf Marriott. http://www.downtownwomensclub.com For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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